Peppers, eggplants and herbs are springing up in our hotboxes, ready for both our own fields and the May plant sale (Stay tuned!) We’re sowing tomatoes this week, along with ground cherries and Schoenbrunn physalis, a Cape gooseberry type. Lettuces will be sown this week, along with a host of flowers to be transplanted out when the weather is warmer. We’re weeding our onion transplants, and pricking out herbs (sown in February).
Don’t worry, though, if you are planning on planting herbs there is still time (and Thyme!) many herbs such as thyme, lavender, sage and oregano which are perennial and take a while to get going can be sown now, and either planted out later when the plants are bigger, or you can plant them into bigger pots, keeping them outside in the summer and in a sunny, cool place (it need not be completely frost free–a greenhouse or enclosed sunny porch are ideal) for planting out next year. We’ve had great success, especially with lavender, using this method.
Herbs such as basil, chives and parsley can sown now for transplanting out after frost, and dill and cilantro can be sown in a few weeks–or direct sown in the garden a week or two before the last frost. For tender herbs, such as basil, dill and cilantro, we recommend doing several smaller sowings about 3 weeks apart, to ensure a continuous supply.
Did you Know? Poppies and larkspur can be direct sown in the autumn, or as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring! These lovely beauties welcome pollinators and are carefree color to bring easy joy to your summer garden.
Here is the promised list of varieties for our sale– there might be one or two I’ve missed. We have absolutely tons of the cucurbits this year–winter squashes, pumpkins, cukes, zukes, melons, and watermelons! Last year we didn’t manage to grow enough because the chipmunks were such a (very cute) menace, but this year we’ve figured out how to outwit them (for now anyway!) Also lots of okra! Herbs and flowers are in slightly shorter supply this year, but we will put out more each day, so they don’t all get snapped up at once.
Delicious 51 PMR
Cherokee moon and stars
Costata Romanesca zucchini
Dark green zucchini
New England pie pumpkin
Long Island cheese
Black Forest kabocha
Kimberton Hills Yellow,
Snow White cherry,
Matt’s Wild Cherry
Blush sweet plum,
San Marzano Paste,
Schoenbrunn Gold Physalis,
Cossack Pineapple Ground Cherry
Giant Italian Plain-leafed
Early Red Sweet
King of the North
Sullivan’s Favorite Frying
Hot paper lantern
Rosemary (tender perennial, bring inside in the winter)
Lemon Bergamot (also a great pollinator flower)
Anise Hyssop (Semi-tender perennial—will sometimes overwinter in our area, also a great pollinator flower)
Valerian (perennial and also a great pollinator flower)
Lemon Balm (perennial)
Tulsi Basil (also a great pollinator flower)
Lemon Basil (also a great pollinator flower)
Chives (perennial and also a great pollinator flower)
Hibiscus Manihot (annual)
Helichrysum (annual, great dried flower)
Purpletop Vervaine (Verbena bonariensis) (annual, but can self-seed)
Snapdragons panorama mix (annual)
Cockcomb celosia (annual, great dried flower, easy to save seed)
Euphorbia Mountain snow (Annual but will self-seed if happy)
It’s a Take-What-You-Need, Pay-What-You-Can Seedling sale again this year! We’ll have lots and lots of plants to offer, including squashes, melons, cukes, zukes, watermelons, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, flowers, herbs and more! (list of specific varieties coming soon)
Where: at the corner of Chrysler Pond and Camp Hill roads in Copake, NY
When: from 10-3 Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend.
We won’t be able to process credit cards, so please bring cash or checks as well as boxes or trays to take home your seedlings!